'Black Panther' Blows Away Box Office with $192M Weekend

Director Ryan Coogler attends a special screening of Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Director Ryan Coogler attends a special screening of "Black Panther" at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in New York.

February 18, 2018 12:11 PM

Already a much-celebrated pop culture milestone, "Black Panther" is now a record-setting smash at the box office, too.

Studio estimates Sunday say the Marvel superhero film blew past expectations, with $192 million in ticket sales over the weekend. That makes "Black Panther" the fifth-biggest opening weekend ever, not accounting for inflation. It's also the highest-grossing February opening weekend.

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Ryan Coogler's film, which cost about $200 million to make, is the most big-budget, largely black ensemble film in years and among the few to be centered on a black superhero.

The strong opening suggests "Black Panther" will easily set a box-office record for films directed by a black filmmaker.

The movie has been hugely acclaimed, with a 97 percent fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Audiences agreed, giving it an A-plus CinemaScore.

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